Saturday, January 31, 2015

Unearthing history at the President's House: Three wells and a privy

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Archaeologists are excavating a historical plot of land at Sixth and Market Streets, the site of the house where the slave-holding George Washington and the anti-slavery John Adams conducted their presidencies in the 1790s. This video is part of a series on the excavation.

May 29, 2007
Archaeologists have cleared clay and dirt and erected supports around the site's "shaft features." Watch as Washington's bathroom is disassembled, brick-by-brick. As each pit is excavated, what kinds of artifacts will be discovered?

JEFFREY A. HAINES and SAMANTHA TEMPLETON / Inquirer Online Producers

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